Should the NHS Do More to Address Hearing Loss?

Tuesday 18th April, 2017

When NHS England launched its Action Plan on Hearing Loss in 2015, the primary goal was to improve services designed to address hearing loss and its consequences among patients. The Action Plan has done well thus far, but some say more can be done. Action on Hearing Loss chief executive Paul Breckell is among them.

Breckell has publicly stated that his organisation hopes the Action Plan will eventually include more strategies designed to encourage people to address hearing loss as soon as possible, rather than waiting the roughly ten years it now takes for the average person to start looking for help.

The call for the NHS to do more is a direct result of the recent release of World Health Organisation (WHO) data in advance of World Hearing Day. According to the WHO, the global cost of hearing loss is upwards of £750 billion annually. Here in the UK, it is estimated that just diminished access to employment alone affects our economy to the tune of some £25 billion every year.

How We Can Help

Should the NHS do more to address hearing loss? That’s for the charities, think tanks and politicians to decide. In the meantime, we are here to help those who are ready to address their hearing loss. We offer free hearing tests along with earwax removal, tinnitus therapy, occupational audiometry, digital hearing aids, and more.

If you are suffering from any form of hearing loss, do not hesitate to give us a call or stop in for a visit. We want to help you hear better. As the Action on Hearing Loss charity says, don’t wait years to address your hearing loss. The sooner to take action, the more we can do to help you.


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